Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

Prosecutors in NY have reportedly ordered President Donald Trump's inauguration committee to hand over documents related to donors and finances, several news organizations reported Monday.

Documents requested by the attorney's office included information regarding donors, finances and various other activities that included ticket and photo opportunities with Trump, sources familiar with the case told the New York Times.

The Times said prosecutors also showed interest in whether any foreigners illegally donated to the committee, as well as whether committee staff knew that such donations were illegal, asking for documents laying out legal requirements for donations.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly looking into the funding for the inauguration while conducting the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

Inaugural committee chairman Tom Barrack, who was not named in the subpoena, did not comment on the story, and neither did the spokesperson from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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"We have just received a subpoena for documents", Kristin Celauro, a spokeswoman with Owen Blicksilver PR, which has long represented Barrack, said in an email.

"It is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry", she said.

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that prosecutors were in the "early stages" of an investigation into whether Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump Super Pac received illegal donations from foreigners hoping for influence over USA policy. Federal law prohibits foreign donations to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

The money spent for Trump's inauguration ranged from $1.5 million for the Trump International Hotel, $30,000 in per diem payments to contract workers and $10,000 for makeup for 20 aides at an event in the evening.

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